Halitosis: Could It Be More Than Bad Breath?

516314543-200x300Medford, NJ dentist Dr. Poorva Parnaik wants you to know that your bad breath may be more than an inconvenience. Persistent bad breath could be a symptom of a more advanced dental health or even a systemic health concern. If you have chronic halitosis that can not be eradicated with a thorough brushing or flossing let Dr.Parnaik know, she can help you treat the cause and restore your fresh breath for a confident and healthy smile.

To clarify, bad breath that dissipates after a thorough brushing and flossing is most likely nothing to be concerned about. Many foods like garlic and onions can cause unpleasant breath. Bad breath in the morning is also common due to bacteria build up while you sleep, especially if you are an open mouth breather.

Halitosis & Your Oral Health

Halitosis presents a potential health or oral health concern when it persists and does not go away after brushing. Your bad breath could be a symptom of a range of oral health concerns that could progressively damage your oral health. Both tooth decay and gum disease are common causes of chronic halitosis. Both oral health conditions are best treated when diagnosed early.Cavities and gum disease are caused by a bacterial infection. The smell comes from the byproduct that bacteria leave behind in your teeth and gums. The only way to treat halitosis caused by gum disease or decay is to treat the infection.

Dr. Parnaik may determine that your halitosis is not caused by an oral health condition. If this is the case, she may recommend you schedule an appointment with your general physician. Halitosis can also be a side effect of diabetes, kidney or liver conditions, gastrointestinal problems or acid reflux.

Treatment for Halitosis

Gum disease and tooth decay are both treatable dental health concerns. Dr. Parnaik provides patients with comprehensive periodontal therapy and restorative dental procedures to help restore their optimal oral health. Dr.Parnaik offers periodontal therapy for gum disease and tooth fillings, root canals and extractions for the treatment of tooth decay.

Schedule An Appointment

Preventative dental care is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and fresh breath. Dr. Parnaik provides comprehensive, quality and individualized general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry for your whole family. Dr. Parnaik encourages patients to take good care of their smiles with an at-home oral hygiene routine and biannual visits to our Medford, NJ dentist office. To schedule an appointment, contact our Medford office or use our convenient online form.